Raised Quiverfull: Kiery’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.I’m 21, married and building my empire, which is a fancy way of saying I’m employing myself while not making very much money. I have a seaso … [Read more...]

Rape. That’s a kind of premarital sex, right?

*Trigger warning for survivors of rape or sexual abuse.*In case you haven't noticed, rape has been in the news lately - or, more specifically, Rep. Todd Akin's comments about how women's bodies can shut down their reproductive functions in the case of "legitimate rape." This brings to mind something I've been meaning to write about rape, actually, ever since I wrote that post about "the tale of two boxes." In that post I said that "conservatives divide sexual acts into “wrong” or “okay” based … [Read more...]

Theology 101: Divine Revelation and Spiritual Headship

About a month ago a reader asked why, if evangelicalism was a religious tradition that emphasizes direct divine revelation, any evangelical would hold that God speaks to a woman through her husband or father rather than just speaking to her himself. How could those two ideas go together? This is a very good question, and it deserves an answer, so here we go!It is absolutely true that evangelicalism has long emphasized direct revelation from God. The idea was always that … [Read more...]

The church that cried persecution

Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are very invested in being persecuted. Very interested. Here's an example from a Fox News article on the whole Chick-fil-a issue: "'If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door, respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill holding a copy of the sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other,' he said.Pay attention, people of faith.Dark clouds are gathering. The … [Read more...]

So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part IV


I'm sure you've all heard it before. If we normalize and accepting being gay, next we'll have to accept pedophilia! If we allow gay marriage, we'll have to let people marry turtles, or dogs! I remember hearing these arguments growing up, and they made perfect sense to me. So I've asked myself why they made sense to me then and make no sense to me now, and I have come up with not only an explanation but also a handy way to visualize it.I call it the tale of two boxes.I mentioned yesterday … [Read more...]

Interpreting the Constitution like the Bible

I was raised to be an originalist. When asking what the constitution meant, we were always to look at the "original intent" of the founding fathers. PZ has just offered a perfect example of this: That man [Scalia]  is a dangerous lunatic. He’s got a theological dedication to insisting that the US must be run exclusively by the 18th century principles of the Founding Fathers — even when he’s willing to consider limitations on the ownership of weapons, he gives it an unbelievable twist. The justi … [Read more...]

Just which Bible are you reading?

I'm not the only one to point out that the Bible can be used to support very, very different things. Even Barack Obama has made this point:In case you're having trouble reading that, here you go: And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go … [Read more...]